Spåtind

  • Spåtind
  • 1414 m
  • Primary factor 479 m
  • Location: north 61:04.617, east 009:47.371 (GPS at the summit)
  • Between Dokka and Etna, Norway
  • Saddle is NE of lake Fullsenn (908m), across to Fjelldokka.
  • Climbed on skis 12 times in the Easter (first 1970, last 2005).

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How to get there: Most people access this mountain from the area near the lake Synnfjorden, it can also be accessed from the Valdres side. The road to Synnfjorden goes left from the road connecting Dokka and Lillehammer.
Route description: Most people would ski this mountain from Synnfjorden, however this description starts at Åltjern where my hut is located. One can reach Åltjern by a nicely groomed ski trail from Nyseterhøgda on the Lillehammer to Dokka road, this would add about 20 km (easy skiing) to the trip.
From Åltjern, ski across to Bleikeseter south-east of the mountain Prestekjerringa, then up to the saddle just south of this mountain. Continue along a marked trail down to Mjogsjøen and to the ski trail intersection called Kjettbjergkrysset, just north of the small summit Kjettbjerget. From here, along a marked trail to the Blesterseter overlooking the Dokka valley which is now destroyed by a hydro electric dam. In the spring the water reservoir is normally almost empty, with large ice blocks covering the slopes on both side of the valley. Carefully ("crevasse danger") ski down to the river or whatever remains of the lake and cross this on safe ice (check and probe carefully!) near the remains of the old wooden bridge. Climb steeply through a section of dense forest to the old seter called Goplseter. From here there is normally a ski track across to Synnfjorden. As one gains the top of the broad mountain slope south of Skjervungen one should find the trail that climb Skjervungen from the Synnfjorden area. Cross the road and the river Synna south of Synnfjorden and find the trail on an old road that climbs (sort of north) from the base of Synnfjell. From here there is a ski trail leading to the summit of Synnfjell, called Spåtind. The summit is quite some distance west after completing the first and steepest part of the ascent.
Comments: I skied to this mountain 5 times with my father at Easter time. More recently I have skied with my son Tor Erling and already in the Easter of 2000 with Pål Jørgen (then age 11). This trip is quite long with about 1600 meter vertical ascent and almost 60 km of skiing. Our two generation fastest time (one way) to the summit is 3 hours and 52 minutes in 1971. The Dokka valley has been turned into a hydro power water reservoir since then, so times are not quite comparable, we skied in exactly 4 hours in 2005.

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